Course descriptions index


Business Administration

Students enrolling in School of Management courses are expected to have completed the necessary prerequisites for each course.

A per semester student computing facility user fee will be assessed for students enrolling in one or more management courses (AIS, ACCT, BA and ECON) except ECON F100X. This fee is in addition to any materials fees. Please see the class schedule for details.


BA F151 Introduction to Business (s)

3 Credits

Business organization, nature of major business functions such as management, finance, accounting, marketing, personnel administration. Opportunities and requirements for professional business careers. Also available via Independent Learning. Special fees apply. (3+0)


BA F253 Internship in Business

1 - 3 Credits

Supervised work experience in an approved position related to the student's career interests or objectives. Number of credits depends on type of position and time worked. No student can count more than eight internship credits towards a degree. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Approval of program or department head. (1 - 3+1 - 3)


BA F254 Personal Finance

3 Credits

Emphasis on personal investments and financial management. Special fees apply. (3+0)


BA F280 Sports Leadership

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Provides leadership theory and develop leadership skills for application internal and external to their sport. Focus on the identification and development of leadership skills/abilities and application within the classroom, a sport and for an on-campus project. Special fees apply. (3+0)


BA F281 Sports Management

3 credits     Offered Fall or Spring, As Demand Warrants

Provide a basic understanding of managing amateur and professional sports organizations and the legal issues involved. Topics such as stadium financing, risk management contracts and human resource management, public versus private sector labor laws, collective bargaining and drug testing will be examined. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (3+0)


BA F307 Introductory Human Resources Management

3 Credits

Introduction to management principles and personnel practice in industry, analysis of labor-management problems, methods and administration of recruiting, selecting, training and compensating employees, and labor laws and their applications. Also available via Independent Learning. Special fees apply. (3+0)


BA F317W Employment Law

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Basic personnel and human resource management law, including labor law and current management practices in administering collective bargaining agreements. Emphasis on the major federal and Alaska state laws affecting personnel management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F307 or concurrent enrollment; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)


BA F323X Business Ethics (h)

3 Credits     Offered Fall, Spring, Summer; As Demand Warrants

A grounding in ethical theories and basic issues of moral thought, with examples which highlight the pitfalls in practical ethics which future managers are likely to face, and the need to design organizations so as to promote ethical behavior. Special fees apply. (3+0)


BA F325 Financial Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Time value of money, bond and stock valuation, capital budgeting, risk-return trade-offs and option pricing. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ACCT F261; ECON F200; MATH F262X; STAT F200X. (3+0)


BA F330 The Legal Environment of Business

4 Credits

The judicial system, legal processes, administrative procedures, law of torts, contract and agency government regulation of business, business ethics, corporate social responsibility and the uniform commercial code. Also available via Independent Learning. Special fees apply. (4+0)


BA F343 Principles of Marketing

3 Credits

Management of a firm's marketing effort focusing on products, distribution, pricing and promotion to targeted consumers. Practices appropriate to domestic or international, small or large, goods or services, and for-profit or nonprofit organizations included. Also available via Independent Learning. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: AIS F101 or equivalent; STAT F200X or equivalent. (3+0)


BA F360 Operations Management

3 Credits

Operations management with an emphasis on systematic planning, design and operation of the processes that produce goods and deliver services that customers recognize to be of superior quality. Topics include operations strategy, process design, quality control, statistical process control, project scheduling, material requirements planning and just-in-time systems. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: AIS F101; STAT F200X. (3+0)


BA F390 Organizational Theory and Behavior

3 Credits

Understanding how and why organizations behave as they do, assessing whether the behavior is functional or dysfunctional, and learning to understand and change motivation, leadership, communications, group dynamics, conflict management, layout, technology, structure and policies to create high-functioning organizations. Special fees apply. (3+0)


BA F423W Investment Analysis

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Introduction to investment analysis. Presents an understanding of the investment environment and analytical tools in investing. Intended for undergraduate students. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F325; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)


BA F424 Real Estate and Alternative Investments

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Develop skills required to value and finance residential and commercial real estate. Financing instruments, markets and taxation issues specific to real estate are covered in the first half; alternative investments such as REITs will be presented in the second half of the course. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F325. (3+0)


BA F436 Consumer Behavior (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Effects of nationality, culture, social class, family, personality, symbolism and persuasion on consumptive behavior. Qualitative methodologies such as focus groups covered. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F343. (3+0)


BA F441 Promotion Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Advertising, publicity, sales management, sales promotion, direct marketing and the interrelationships necessary for effective promotions in domestic or international, small or large, goods or services, and for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F343. (3+0)


BA F445W Marketing Research

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Basic processes and tools of marketing research with emphasis on utilization of research findings as an integral part of the managerial decision-making process. Techniques of quantitative data-gathering and analysis to solve a marketing problem. Practices appropriate to domestic or international, small or large, goods or services, and for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F343; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; upper division BBA standing; or permission of the SOM advisor. (3+0)


BA F447W,O Compensation Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Theory and practice of wage and salary, benefits and risk management. Planning, administration, auditing, adjusting and budgeting for compensation and risk. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F307; COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)


BA F452W Internship in Emergency Management

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A supervised practical work experience to enable students to apply their course work in a fire department or closely related field of emergency services. Admission dependent upon approved sponsorship arrangements. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; B.E.M. degree major; upper division standing; permission of instructor. Recommended: Four semesters of bachelor core; business administration courses. (0+6)


BA F453 Internship in Business Administration

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A supervised practical work experience to enable students to apply their coursework in a business environment. Admission dependent upon approved sponsorship arrangements. Repeated for a maximum of six credits. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Accumulative 3.0 GPA in ACCT and BA courses. (0+2 - 9)


BA F454O Student Investment Fund

3 Credits

Hands-on experience in portfolio management. Students will be making investment and diversification decisions affecting the $500,000 Student Investment Fund. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; BA F325 or equivalent; upper division BBA standing; permission of the SOM advisor or instructor. (3+0)


BA F455 Portfolio Management

3 Credits

The second course involved with the hands-on management of the $500,000 Student Investment Fund. Students will carry out the duties of officers of the fund and will be responsible for portfolio diversification and management decisions affecting the fund. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F454; upper division BBA standing and permission of the SOM advisor or instructor. (3+0)


BA F456W Small Business Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Operations and special problems of the small business with emphasis on both existing firms and new ventures. Starting new businesses, buying going concerns, acquiring and operating franchises, establishing lines of credit, management, legal matters, profit planning, pricing, inventory levels, record systems, tax regulations and employee supervision. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ACCT F261; ACCT F262; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X. (3+0)


BA F457 Training and Management Development

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Theory and practice of employee training programs, needs assessments, learning theories, instructional design, training techniques and evaluation, management development and career development techniques and practices. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F307. (3+0)


BA F460O International Business

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Relationships among nations with particular emphasis on the business, economic, and sociocultural institutions that influence the performance of managers. Formulation of objectives, strategies and organizational structures within the context of international diversity. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X. Recommended: Senior standing. (3+0)


BA F461 International Finance

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Development of analytical skills, logical thought processes and information literacy necessary to make and implement investment decisions in a global setting. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F325. (3+0)


BA F462O Corporate Strategy

3 Credits

An integrative approach to strategy formation and implementation to achieve organization goals. Students will be introduced to theoretical perspectives and associated methodologies directed toward resolving the unstructured problems and opportunities which confront general managers at the highest levels of an organization. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ACCT F352 or ACCT F342; BA F325; BA F343; BA F360; BA F390; ECON F321 or ECON F322 or ECON F324 or ECON F350; upper division B.B.A. standing; or permission of the SOM advisor. Exception: B.B.A. economics majors do not need ACCT F352 or ACCT F342. (3+0)


BA F467 Current Topics in Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Examines current management trends with regard to major theories and practices in the field. Topics of interest could include organizational development, performance appraisal, personnel selection and international human resources management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA 307; BA 390. (3+0)


BA F490 Services Marketing

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Marketing principles in the service sector with special emphasis on such service industries as financial, retailing and tourism. Includes practices appropriate to domestic or international, small or large, and for-profit organizations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F343. (3+0)


BA F491 Current Topics in Marketing

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Examines current marketing trends with regard to production, distribution, promotion, pricing and target markets. Focus on trends in Alaska, the U.S. and worldwide. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: BA F343. (3+0)


BA F607 Human Resources Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring, As Demand Warrants

The study of the effective management of human resources in organizations to include employee planning and recruiting, selection and orientation, training and career development, performance evaluation, compensation, EEO, occupational safety and health, and labor relations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of M.B.A. director. (3+0)


BA F617 Organizational Theory for Managers

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Overview of the history, concepts, literature and applications in organizational theory. Emphasis on applications and cases applying organizational theory concepts to management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of M.B.A. director. (3+0)


BA F620 Portfolio Theory and Asset Pricing

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Examination of modern normative portfolio theory and asset pricing. Includes mathematics of portfolio analysis, single-period risk and return measures, and the process of optimal portfolio selection. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: M.B.A. standing. (3+0)


BA F630 Derivative Securities

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Derivative securities including options strategies, binomial and Black-Scholes pricing models, commodity and interest-rate futures, hedging strategies using options and futures, and risk management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: M.B.A. standing. (3+0)


BA F643 Marketing Management

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Provides managerial approach to examining processes for identifying prospective opportunities, as well as review of marketing mix elements relating to planning, developing and implementing marketing plans. Topics include market segmentation, buyer behavior, product policy and strategy, pricing, promotion and sales force management, distribution channel policy, competitive behavior, market research and marketing ethics. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of M.B.A. director. (3+0)


BA F675 Quantitative Methods for Managers

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

An in-depth treatment of quantitative research methods in an applied context. The usefulness of those techniques to the managerial decision-making process. Research skills are presented as a set of tools that enable managers to make better decisions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: STAT F200X or equivalent and graduate standing; or permission of M.B.A. director. (3+0)


BA F680 Financial Markets and Strategy

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

Description of capital markets, development of the major financial theories that explain how to value financial instruments, and examination of how these theories can be used by corporations to evaluate real investments. How firms choose among the various instruments available to them for financing operations and how these instruments help firms manage risks. These corporate financial decisions are viewed as part of the overall corporate strategy of firms, affecting investment and operating strategies, product market strategies, and the ways in which executives are compensated. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ACCT F602; graduate standing; or permission of M.B.A. director. (3+0)


BA F681 Fixed Income Securities and Markets

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring, As Demand Warrants

Fixed income securities and markets including treasury, agency, mortgage-backed and corporate securities, municipal bonds and derivatives. Introduces technical issues relating to duration, convexity and bond-portfolio management. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: M.B.A. standing. (3+0)


BA F682 Financial Statement Analysis

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring, As Demand Warrants

How to comprehend and critically evaluate financial statements. Building on topics introduced in a first-year course in financial accounting, analyze additional disclosures typically included in financial statements. These activities will be useful in tasks related to valuation, credit decisions, competitor assessment and bankruptcy predictions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: M.B.A. standing. (3+0)


BA F683 Advanced Topics in Marketing

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring, As Demand Warrants

Current topics and issues in marketing management, such as political and services marketing, marketing communications, marketing in Alaska or other relevant subjects. Note: May be taken twice for credit when topic changes. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: M.B.A. standing. (3+0)


BA F690 Corporate Strategy

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring

An integrative approach to strategy formation and implementation (decision-making) to achieve organization goals. Students will be introduced to theoretical perspectives and associated methodologies directed toward resolving the unstructured problems and opportunities which confront general managers at the highest levels of an organization. BA F690 is an advanced seminar taken during the student's last spring semester. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: M.B.A. standing. (3+0)


BA F691 Advanced Topics in Business

3 Credits     Offered Fall or Spring, As Demand Warrants

Developing managers' ability to excel in specialized areas of business such as entrepreneurship and risk management. May be taken twice for credit when topic changes. Note: May be taken twice for credit when topic changes. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: M.B.A. standing. (3+0)


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